Hello, how to read a BMP image in MATLAB?

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Bal Poudel
Bal Poudel on 30 Jun 2016
Commented: Dinesh Iyer on 19 Jul 2016
I am trying to read the BMP image(160 x 120 x 24 BPP) produced by FLIR Lepton Sensor in MATLAB. I have also attached the BMP image here.I'm using MATLAB R2016a...I used the following command.
Background=imread('...\LeptonTest\current.BMP');
I got the following error:
Error using imbmpinfo>readBMPInfo (line 106)
Header size was 56 bytes. Only values of 12, 40, 64, 108, or 124 are supported.
Error in imbmpinfo (line 23)
metadata = readBMPInfo(fid, metadata);
Error in readbmp (line 14)
info = imbmpinfo(filename);
Error in imread (line 415)
[X, map] = feval(fmt_s.read, filename, extraArgs{:});
Please some body help me to fix this problem.

Answers (3)

Dinesh Iyer
Dinesh Iyer on 5 Jul 2016
This appears to be a bug with IMREAD. The BMP file appears to use a BI_BITFIELD compression to store the image data which appears to be be tripping up IMREAD.
Sorry about this. Will update once a patch is ready.

Dinesh Iyer
Dinesh Iyer on 19 Jul 2016
The patch with the fix for this issue can be found at:
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Dinesh Iyer
Dinesh Iyer on 19 Jul 2016
This will not be making it to 16b but the patch in the link should work for 16b as well.

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Geoff Hayes
Geoff Hayes on 30 Jun 2016
Bal - I get the same error when using R2014a. However, I was able to load this image into MATLAB as follows
>> open('current.BMP');
which would launch the Import Wizard. Pressing the Finish button created a variable called current which is a 120x160x3 array which I could display using the image command.
I'm not sure why there is a difference between using open and imread (i.e. why does open seem to support the 56 byte header but imread does not). Perhaps this should be logged as a bug.
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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 5 Jul 2016
open() on my computer also opens the binary data into a text editor window, like for bal. uiimport() did bring up a wizard, but I don't know what to do with it:

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